Photos of how the eco bathroom took shape. Step by step.
This is how the space looked before. An empty space next to the garage. A suitable spot, since it was flat, already had two walls, and there was a water tap with cold water nearby.
It was a challenge to build something since we did not have a car. Fortunately a woman from the village could provide us with contacts to get the building materials To see all photos:
The Alcublas building store had leftover tiles they gave us for free. We also looked for tiles in the nature, since Spaniards like to use their outback as a dumpsite. Read blogpost about “gifts from nature” here.
We started with an Indian elephant. Then added an African giraffe. By the wall we made a bench/shelf.
The cement was mixed with sand and water.
By mixing thin and fat tiles you can get nice 3D effects. But this also makes the surface less smooth because of the sharp edges.
We found use for broken coffee cups on the monkey wall.
This is going to be the background. Since we mostly had light brown colours, we needed to plan how to arrange them in order to make the blue sky look blue.
The sky is a mixture of blue, white and light brown tiles. The joints are filled with cement.
Washing off the cement from the tiles took long time.
We put a cane mat on the wall next to the neighbour. The water tube was “hidden” on top of the back wall inside a grey piece of old gutter.
When the mosaique walls were done we had a rest. The last wall made from stones was made two weeks later when we were helped by other workawayers to carry stones. Read more blogposts about workaway here.
The heating system is made from black tube stored inside an old palet construction. It was then covered with plastic glass board to keep it warm (the greenhouse effect).
The walls are filled with animals.
The floor is made from stones found in the nature. The gaps are filled with cement.
The drainage is a little ditch, watering plants outside the shower. This is why you cannot use strong chemicals in the shower. Good for your skin and good for the environment.
All stones are a bit different size.
Some plants were put ouside the bath.
If you want to visit the shower, pleace check out the Rayo del Sol yoga retreat outside Valencia in Spain.